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Clockwork Angels Audiobook

Clockwork Angels: The Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Package Design, 2014

I can’t stop thinking big....

International best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson teams up with Rush lyricist and drummer Neil Peart to expand the story set out in Clockwork Angels, the 20th studio album by the legendary rock band.

All the journeys of this great adventure -

It didn’t always feel that way

For more than two centuries, the land of Albion has been ruled by the supposedly benevolent Watchmaker, who imposes precision on every aspect of life. Young Owen Hardy from the village of Barrel Arbor dreams of seeing the big city and the breathtaking Clockwork Angels that dispense wisdom to the people, maybe even catching a glimpse of the Watchmaker himself.

I was brought up to believe....

He watches the steamliners drift by, powered by alchemical energy, as they head toward Crown City - never dreaming that he is already caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos, between the Watchmaker and his nemesis, the Anarchist. Owen’s journeys begin at a fabulous carnival with clockwork wonders beyond his imagination, and take him aboard airships, far into the Redrock Desert to seek lost cities, through storms at sea to encounters with pirates...and give him a chance at love.

Clockwork Angels: The Novel is a remarkable, innovative story unlike any other.

The basis for this novel, Clockwork Angels: The Album by Rush, is available now at rush.com.

©2012 Kevin J. Anderson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Grady 05-25-16
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    "first listen I liked It. second listen I loved it"

    the first time through I thought it was ok. didn't knock my socks off and didn't regret the purchase. so a few months passed and I thought I'd give it another listen. I loved It. that's what I can tell you.

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    Joseph S Mannino Clearwater, FL USA 04-14-16
    Joseph S Mannino Clearwater, FL USA 04-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "As a Rush Fan: Disappointing, tedious and trite"
    What would have made Clockwork Angels better?

    Tell a story. Don't strive so hard to work in lyrics from 40+ years of source material.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kevin J. Anderson again?

    Maybe


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Peart doesn't really have what I would consider an acceptable narrating voice. His pronunciation is somewhat slurred and often mushy (possible speech impediment?). His cadence is almost singsongy as if he were reading to children. Almost every sentence follows the same build up and trail off finish. I'd have rather just listened to him drum...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All of the above. As a huge fan of the band and specifically Peart's lyrical style I was really hopeful that this novelization would capture some of that magic. I now realize that great lyrics, especially ones jammed into every conceivable place in prose, doesn't work. Once I caught the 4th or 5th random lyrical interjection I found myself listening specifically for the next one as if I was on some aural easter egg hunt. This not only distracted from the story but often I lost track entirely because of the ear worm effect. For instance, every time they said "Cold Fire" I'd drift off singing the rest of the lyrics. The result reads like the worst kind of pandering fan fiction written solely as tribute or to garner the attention of the artists.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I didn't invest in the rest of the series.

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    Jay Bradford, MA, United States 02-08-16
    Jay Bradford, MA, United States 02-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Longtime Rush fan, book not for me"
    What disappointed you about Clockwork Angels?

    The story seemed to be aimed at a younger audience.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator seemed like he was reading to his daughter and not to an adult audience, which is fine. Wish I knew the audience level before reading.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Loved the references to Rush's song titles and lyrics. There were Easter eggs all through the audio book!
    Also, if you enjoyed the Clockwork Angels album that Rush released in 2012, this audio book will fill in the story blanks. Not sure if you will enjoy the album any more or less though.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Neil Peart and Rush, but never connected with the characters in this book or the story. I personally would have been much better off imagining the story in my own mind based on the lyrics and music from the exceptional Clockwork Angels Rush album.

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    AJG Texas 06-09-15
    AJG Texas 06-09-15

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    "Great story"

    I'm a bit biased in my review since I am a huge RUSH and Neil Peart fan. But still. This is a great story.

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    J Sinclair LEXINGTON, SC, US 06-04-15
    J Sinclair LEXINGTON, SC, US 06-04-15 Member Since 2017

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    "RUSH fan and Kevin Anderson fan."

    As a fan, I enjoyed the many references to RUSH lyrics throughout this well told tale

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    Jill Eagle, Colorado 11-10-14
    Jill Eagle, Colorado 11-10-14 Member Since 2010

    I am a clinical psychologist and writer living in Colorado's Vail Valley. I taught myself to read when I was 3 and I have been a voracious reader ever since. I love science fiction, literature, and non-fiction about psychology, business, history, politics, science and biography. I adore audiobooks and my kindle.

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    "I really enjoyed this book!"

    This book was clever and well-written. I enjoyed seeing the world through the eyes of the main character and I really liked the author's writing style. The story was straight-forward and deep at the same time. It was fun picking out all the references to Rush songs/lyrics while I listened. I wasn't crazy about the narrator's voice. It wasn't bad, but I think someone with a little more warmth and inflection would have made this a better listen. The additional material at the end gave some interesting insight into how the book got written, so keep going and be sure to finish out the whole audiobook.

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    Kindle Customer StL 04-08-14
    Kindle Customer StL 04-08-14
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    "I have stoked the fire on the big steel wheels..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Clockwork Angels to be better than the print version?

    I prefer the audio version because where else can you have a rock legend like Neil Peart read a story to you, honestly!


    What other book might you compare Clockwork Angels to and why?

    The flow was intentionally similar to Candide. It also reminded me of The Alchemist. I enjoyed Clockwork Angels more than either of these two however because of the pairing with the soundtrack.


    What does Neil Peart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Neil brought a real honesty to the reading. It didn't come across as a voice talent but as a friend telling me a great story. I was pleasantly surprised by his work.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The true meaning of tending ones garden.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story with an incredible soundtrack!

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    Brandyn Midvale, Utah, United States 09-08-13
    Brandyn Midvale, Utah, United States 09-08-13
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    "A story most Rush fans can enjoy!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Clockwork Angels to be better than the print version?

    Couldn't Tell you didn't read the book


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Neil is a good reader but I am not sure if Neil's voice is the problem of the qualit of the recording but sometimes it sounds like Neil has some marbles in his mouth and the sound drops out a little. but I like how neil reads the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was exciting enough that I wanted to keep listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book typical story but I still enjoyed it a great deal and would recommend this book!

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    D. Fullerton South Texas 06-24-13
    D. Fullerton South Texas 06-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "This review is difficult for me"

    As a long time Rush fan I was looking forward to more insight of the book with the album. Unfortunately I found the story underwhelming as well as the narration by Mr. Peart. I'm still a huge fan, but honestly I was a little disappointed in the book. It seemed aimed at a preteen audience.

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    Anthony Minneapolis, MN, USA 02-25-13
    Anthony Minneapolis, MN, USA 02-25-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Disappointing even for a fanboy"
    What would have made Clockwork Angels better?

    This is essentially a story of self-discovery but there really isn't any sense of urgency, purpose or drama. A naive teenager impulsively sets out and story after story occur. None of them interesting. None of them particularly revealing nor suspenseful nor rewarding. It is interesting that the society in the story is very regulated, structured and bland (by intention) and, as a result, so is the "adventure" we experience. In listening, I must admit I was bored by this story; drifted my attention to other thoughts; came back and really didn't miss anything. I am at a point of just hearing through the end just to finish it.


    What could Kevin J. Anderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The biggest problem is that there is no suspense aspect at all. I can't tell what is really driving this character besides curiosity and idle choice. There is no drive here, Owen just does things and he doesn't know why and neither do you...and after a while you don't care.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Neil Peart?

    Here I have to bury my fanboy bias for Rush. Neil isn't a good narrator. He reads the story as a father would read a bedtime story to a young child or a baby he's trying to lull to sleep. Very few sentence inflections (and I mean like three or four) and they don't particularly match the story action. He has limited character 'voices' and they all sound fairytale-ish. He voices the main character, who is a naive 17 year old, with such innocence that I equate it with a naive 10 year old.

    Also, sad to say, Neil has a slight lateral lisp and his 'ess' sound come across as 'esh.' Now that's no big deal, and many people speak that way...just not professional narrators. There is a reason why people with hangnails aren't professional hand models, if you catch my drift.

    All that said, the story doesn't help either.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Clockwork Angels?

    It's not a matter of scene or scenes to cut. The story just needs more purpose, and either drama or humor or adventure or love or anything really.


    Any additional comments?

    It does make for a good, if super-prolonged, drinking game. Take a drink every time you hear a Rush lyric or song title!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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